In an ideal world, RVing with kids would be smooth sailing. In reality, kids seem to be restless by the end of the driveway and then every mile marker after. But there’s no need to about fret too many breaks. Make your pit stops part of the vacation and check out some of these kid-approved sites in Virginia.
You may have to add a couple hours to your travel time if you make a stop at the Children’s Museum of Virginia, but your kids will thank you. This engaging space has been built to be played with, from the Tot Yard to the Working Port where kids can learn about the busy Norfolk and Portsmouth ports.
221 High St, Portsmouth, VA 23704
Climb the CWD Kids Tree House built into a 100-year old Mulberry tree and see for yourself why The Lewis Ginter Botanical Gardens was recently voted #2 public garden in the United States. On warm weekend days, bring your kids’ swimsuits and let them run around the WaterPlay park. Or pick up a KidQuest brochure at the Admissions Desk on go on a scavenger hunt through the gardens. The Lewis Ginter Botanical Gardens is open daily from 9am-5pm, excluding Thanksgiving and Christmas day.
1800 Lakeside Ave, Henrico, VA 23228
Go back in time at the Frontier Culture Museum and discover how the early settlers lived in the 1600s. Aside from the Early American Schoolhouse and farms scattered throughout the grounds, the Museum is also host to a calendar full of cultural events.
1290 Richmond Avenue, Staunton, VA 24401
The Three Lakes Nature Center in Richmond is a 6,500 square foot facility with a 50,000 gallon aquarium, picnic area, playground and hiking trail. Admission to the nature center is free, although there may be a fee for some family programs.
400 Sausiluta Dr, Richmond, VA 23227
At the intersection of Rose Hill and Telegraph Roads you’ll find the Special Harbor Spray Park where kids can run through a Chesapeake Bay themed playground. Admission to the park is free and your kids will be sure to run out some energy finding their way through the water maze, splashing around with Chessie the sea serpent and climbing the Tiki Village playground. The sprayground requires all kids wear water shoes, so come prepared and leave ready to take on more miles.
6601 Telegraph Road Alexandria, VA 22310